Recorded Sound


So concludes,  Ben Ratliff of The New York Times in closing his piece on the recent release of selections from archival recordings of the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival via the Wolfgang’s Vault site.

I think I’ve held off blogging about that company previously because I genuinely do not know how I feel about it.  Since I’m too lazy and harried at the moment to do any justice to the subject, I’ll just leave it to you, the reader, to respond for now.

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Professor Edison Exhibiting the Phonograph to Visitors at his Laboratory, Menlo Park, NJ

Professor Edison Exhibiting the Phonograph to Visitors at his Laboratory, Menlo Park, NJ

An elusive collection of early wax cylinder recordings have been turned up by scholars in Russian archives.  Read the NY Times account (and hear some samples) here.

Image credit: Portrait of Thomas Alva Edison, et al. from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Family Almanac, 1879; NYPL Digital Gallery ID #1227620